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Jones happy to see players put new tactics to practice

Saturday 16th April 2022

Leighton Jones was pleased with the style of rugby Pontypool RFC produced as they claimed bragging rights in the derby against Cross Keys RFC.

Pooler travelled to Pandy Park and left with maximum points after an impressive performance saw them touch down six times in a 48-0 victory.

Centre Joel Mahoney claimed a hat-trick on his 40th appearance while his centre partner Duan Thomas chipped in with a brace.

Outside-half Mathew Jarvis was in irresistible form as he added a further try as well as six conversions and two penalties.

Jones mentioned before the game that they had been trying new tactics in training and he was delighted to see his players put them to action on the field.

“I think there was some good rugby played out there,” he stated.

“At the start of the game Cross Keys came at us quite hard and we defended well and kept them to nil.

“If we are looking at our performance some of the stuff we have been working on in training has come off.

“We’re working a lot on the boys’ skill levels and you could see that the ball in hand stuff – the offloads in contact – is really coming on.

“I think one thing that we always seem to be on the wrong side of at the moment is the penalty count.

“I think there were a few harsh decisions out there today but we’ve got to look at lowering our penalty count.”

The victory coupled with Bargoed RFC’s shock defeat at Ystrad Rhondda RFC has left the door open ajar for a late title charge but Jones insisted he wasn’t thinking about that.

“We lost at Bargoed and we thought that was it,” said Jones.

“Ystrad on their own patch are a decent team, they are good at what they do and clearly what they have done has worked for them.

“We’re not really going to concentrate on Bargoed, we’re just looking to build on our performances.”


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